Sleep apnea can take a big toll on your health. People who have sleep apnea are at a much greater risk of heart disease, seizures, angina, and drowsiness. Loud, frequent snoring is often associated with sleep apnea – as is obesity.
If you frequently awake from a full night sleep and are still tired there is a good chance that you suffer from sleep apnea and should come in to our office to be evaluated immediately. We offer a variety of different solutions for sleep apnea and are happy to help you find the one that will fit your lifestyle.
Custom Fit Mouth Guard
When snoring is the cause of sleep apnea we can often treat the issue with a custom made and fit mouth guard. Snoring occurs when the soft palate relaxes and vibrates when air is breathed in.
What is the soft palate? Touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue, it should feel hard, as though it is backed by bone – it is. If you run your tongue to the back, you’re the roof of your mouth there is a point where it stops being so hard and it will feel more spongy. That spongy portion of the roof of your mouth is your soft palate.
When you snore it’s because the jaw relaxes during sleep and slides into a forward position in your mouth narrowing your airway. Once the airway is restricted the snoring starts. A mouth guard gently keeps your jaw correctly positioned in your mouth, keeping your airway clear and giving you a great sleep.
For some patients the problem of sleep apnea is shallow breathing or airways that become restricted for other reasons. When this is the case we prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and works by delivering a constant flow of air into your lungs. By ensuring you always have enough oxygen sleep apnea is averted.
Please contact us to schedule your appointment today!